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I read this early/mid 90's, the book I am looking for is a collection of illustrated short stories. The book itself was large in size (oversized) and filled with illustrations. I read the Indonesian translation, but I believe it is translated from English. I think the title of the book itself contained some variation of the word "Giant Picture book" or something to that effect. Some plot elements involve:

  • a village of dwarves being invaded by a tribe of dragons (I think they are non-flying dragons)
  • an all-out war was about to break out, with each side preparing an army with siege engines, etc. There's a whole page dedicated to showing different army units.
  • one of the dragons ate some sort of herb and gained the ability to fly (or breathe fire)
  • the dwarves sent a saboteur group consisting of caterpillars to eat away the wings of said dragon while he was sleeping
  • the fight between the dwarves and the dragons ended up being decided by a tug-of-war contest, in which a Fairy figure intervened and used a giant prism to burn the middle of the rope
  • there's also side stories about 7(?) fairies visiting the dwarves' village and one of them ended up being transformed into a mermaid, and one of them was killed while transformed into a songbird form.

Any ideas?

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Found the book series, it's called the The Woodland Folk series by Tony Wolf.

The particular stories about the dragons come from the The Woodland Folk Meet Dragons book.

I googled for fairy tug of war dragon dwarf and this popped up. The link gave me the information about the author and that was enough for me to search and buy a copy of the book

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    Excellent ! How did you find it again? And you will be able to accept your self answer in about 44 hours by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons. – FuzzyBoots Jun 25 '19 at 23:50
  • I googled for "fairy tug of war dragon dwarf" and this popped up. The link gave me the information about the author and that was enough for me to search and buy a copy of the book! Now that I have a child of my own I have an excuse to get a copy :) – lokimart Jun 26 '19 at 15:57
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    Excellent! I've added that to your answer for future people (it helps teach people how to search) as well as links to the books. – FuzzyBoots Jun 26 '19 at 16:17

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